Feb 21, 2017
New Seminis watermelon variety available

The Seminis Bottle Rocket watermelon variety is now available for U.S. growers to purchase; previously trialed under precommercial designation SV7112WA. This new product is a 36-count watermelon featuring a dark mottled stripe rind pattern with vigorous plant and good vine coverage, according to Seminis.

Bottle Rocket has an average degrees Brix* of 12.3 and is the latest variety offering in the Seminis SummerSlice watermelon portfolio.

“Bottle Rocket has shown excellent plant vigor with deep red flesh and great rind and flesh definition, as well as intermediate resistance to Fusarium wilt which can help maximize grower yield potential,” said Bucky Dobrow, Seminis technology development representative.

Precommercial trial results have shown a competitive advantage for Bottle Rocket when compared to other products currently in the marketplace, according a Seminis press release. Also boasting superior fruit quality, Bottle Rocket has shown small pips and a low frequency of hard seed coats, the company claims.

Featured SummerSlice watermelon varieties, as described by Seminis, include:

• Joy Ride is a highly adaptable vigorous plant type suitable for all U.S. regions. This hybrid produces a large percentage of 36-count watermelons, with firm fruit and thick rinds.

• Road Trip is a 45-count watermelon hybrid with exceptional internal and external quality. With a vigorous vine and uniform shape, it is an adaptable variety with high yield potential.

• Summer Breeze is a 45–60 count variety with high yield potential. It is suited for shipping, making it an extremely attractive and delicious product.

• Bottle Rocket is a 36-count watermelon hybrid. It has an attractive dark mottled stripe rind pattern. Provides a vigorous plant with good vine coverage.

• Wingman is an extended flowering pollinizer that improves the likelihood of necessary pollen during flowering of triploid watermelons. It provides little competition to other watermelons and is easily distinguishable during harvest.

Bottle Rocket watermelon variety is available for purchase. For more information on Bottle Rocket or to learn more about the complete portfolio of Seminis SummerSlice watermelon products, visit www.seminis-us.com.


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